Detroit Tigers: All-Star prospects, offense stepping up, Daniel Fields a Brewer
The Detroit Tigers said goodbye to a prospect of the future of the past and cherished the honors of prospects of the future today.
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In our last link, we say a final goodbye to native Detroiter and longtime prospect Daniel Fields. Once one of the better prospects in a barren system, Fields has struggled with injuries and consistency during his time in the organization since being drafted in 2009. He was DFAed earlier this week and the Milwaukee Brewers picked him up.
It is hard to imagine even if he had cleared waivers that Fields had a place in the organization that is pretty deep in outfielders at the moment.
Jumping back to our first link, we’ve seen what Matt Boyd can do. While still technically a prospect, he’s started a handful of games for the Tigers to mixed results. Nonetheless, he and Michael Fulmer (picked up in the Yoenis Cespedes to New York Mets trade) were names to Baseball America’s minor league All-Star team.
With a year or two more of seasoning this could be a formidable duo in the Tigers’ rotation.
Finally, in our middle link, we go back a couple days and take a look at MCB staffer Tom Zahari’s take on the Detroit offense. While many fans rightfully believe that the pitching for 2016 needs to be subjected to a complete overhaul, the offense has been equally as ineffective in recent weeks.
Detroit Tigers prospects Michael Fulmer, Matt Boyd named to Baseball America’s minors all-star team – James Schmehl, MLive
"Only three major league organizations had two minor league players named to Baseball America’s 2015 minor-league all-star team this year.The Detroit Tigers were one of them.Tigers pitching prospects Matt Boyd and Michael Fulmer have been named to the magazine’s first-team all-star roster, the publication revealed Wednesday.Baseball America’s first- and second-team all-star selections were based on seasonal performance by players, irrespective of prospect status.Both Boyd and Fulmer were acquired by the Tigers in two different trades around the non-waiver trade deadline in late July. No other Tigers prospect was honored."
To win next year, Tigers’ offense must step up – Tom Zahari, MCB special to Detroit Free Press
"Nick Castellanos and James McCann have improved as the season has progressed and will be key pieces to the Tigers lineup for the foreseeable future. Castellanos finally looks like he is becoming the players the Tigers expected him to be. In the first half, Castellanos hit .243/.287/.372 with 6 home runs and 38 RBI in 85 games, but has broken out in the second half with a .259/.335/.512 split with 9 home runs and 28 RBI in 47 games in the second half. McCann has struggled at the plate in the second half, but he is competent with the bat in his hand and has a very good throwing arm. He has handled the pitching staff well, but has room for improvement in receiving and framing pitches which will come with time.Anthony Gose and Jose Iglesias are basically the players the Tigers expected them to be. Gose has a strong throwing arm and can track down balls in the outfield, but is a little weak with the bat. The biggest improvement he needs to make is the mental game where he has lost focus multiple times in 2015."
Tigers prospect Fields claimed by Brewers – George Sipple, Freep
"Outfielder Daniel Fields was claimed off waivers today by the Milwaukee Brewers, then assigned to Double-A Biloxi.Fields, 24, was a sixth-round pick of the Tigers out of U-D Jesuit in the 2009 MLB draft. The Tigers designated him for assignment Tuesday to make room for infielder Josh Wilson on the 40-man roster. They had 10 days to trade, release or put Fields on waivers."